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Activities of Daily Living 101

Updated: Jan 26, 2022

What are Activities of Daily Living

ADLs is the abbreviation for Activities of Daily Living. ADLs is used to represent daily tasks or basic activities a person performs to care for themselves.

What are ADLs:

Personal Hygiene

  • Bathing or showering

  • Grooming

  • Oral Care

  • Nail Care

  • Hair Care

Continence Care

  • Toileting



  • Eating

  • Preparing Meals


  • Getting into a Chair

  • Getting Out of a Chair

  • Getting into Bed

  • Getting out of Bed

  • Walking or Climbing Stairs

What are Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

IADLs is the abbreviation for Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. IADLs is similar to ADLs but these are not necessarily required daily. They are not a necessity to fundamental functioning.

What are IADLs

Communication Skills

  • Using a phone

  • Using Email

  • Using the Internet

  • Using Technology


  • Driving

  • Public Transportation

  • Running Errands

  • Arranging Rides

Meal Preparation

  • Preparing Meals

  • Cooking

  • Cleaning

  • Storage

  • Using Kitchen Equipment or Cooking Utensils


  • Running Errands

  • Getting Groceries

  • Shopping

  • Going to Appointments


  • Doing Laundry

  • Washing Dishes

  • Dusting

  • Vacuuming

  • Sweeping

  • Mopping

  • Water Plants

  • Household Chores

Managing Medication

  • Managing re-fills

  • Taking Medication at Correct Time

  • Cleaning / Maintaining home

  • Managing Finances

Personal Finances

  • Budgeting

  • Writing Checks

  • Paying Bills

  • Managing Financial Accounts

  • Avoiding Scams

Activities of Daily Living Checklist

Activities of Daily Living checklist is a tool for families to use to help in learning what assistance their loved one needs. To complete the checklist, add a mark next to each activity based on how much assistance your loved one needs performing that task.


Requires no Assistance

Requires Some Assistance

Complete Assistance




Oral, Hair, & Nail Care



Preparing Meals

Transferring From a Bed or Chair

Walking/Climbing Stairs

Using a Phone/Internet

Using Technology


Using Public Transportation or Arranging a Ride

Running Errands

Cooking / Preparing Meals

Housework/Chores (Sweeping and Mopping, Dusting, Vacuuming, etc.)

Medication Management (Taking Medication at Correct Time, Managing Re-fills)

Finances (Budgeting, Writing Checks, Paying Bills, Avoiding Scams, etc.)

Home Care 4 Seniors

At Home Care 4 Seniors we can provide in-home care for your loved one and our caregivers can assist seniors with any Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living.

Contact Home Care 4 Seniors at (214) 621-1969 today or visit us online for more information.


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